Roseau: Retired ICC Elite panel umpire Billy Doctrove has vowed not to turn back on umpiring and says he would like to help the emerging generation of officials in the Caribbean.
Doctrove served as an international umpire for 14 years before announcing his retirement from umpiring earlier this week.
"I think that I still have a lot to contribute as an umpire. I want to be involved, be it at Dominica, Windward Islands or regional level. I firmly believe that I have a contribution to make and I feel that I can play a part in helping young umpires take that next step. So I do not believe that I will turn my back on umpiring. It is just that I have retired from international umpiring just to be in situation where I can be closer home and to spend more time with the family," said Doctrove.
The 56-year-old stood in 38 Tests and 112 One-Day Internationals, after making his debut in 1998. He was elevated to the International Panel of Umpires in 2004 before securing a berth on the Elite Panel two years later.
Doctrove, the second West Indian umpire to quit the Elite Panel in recent years following Jamaican Steve Bucknor in 2009, said he felt his abilities could still be utilized in regional competitions.
"I still want to be involved in cricket umpiring at the regional level. I am not sure if that involvement will be that of a trainer or something else. I am not sure yet since I have not given it much thought. Whatever the case may be, I still want to be involved in umpiring for sure," said Doctrove.Doctrove served as an international umpire for 14 years before announcing his retirement from umpiring earlier this week.